All work and no play? No way! Before she started teaching her two days of classes, Debby joined me for a full shopping day in Leesburg. We found lots of great stuff! Have a look. First up was The Cottage, where Ann helped us find some treasures before the Leesburg Flower and Garden Show crowds descended.
Ann was very excited about the 6-page article featuring The Cottage in the June issue of Romantic Homes.
Among my purchases were these large old glazed platters, perfect as palettes for mixing my paint washes.
Look at this wonderful collection of children's chairs . . .
in blue . . . and pink . . . and unpainted . . .
Just down the block is the recently relocated Ekster Antiques shop, full of European imports in gentle, serene tones. Caroline travels regularly home to Holland to add to her stock in the elegant high-ceilinged showroom.
Among the collections in the store, I found another miniature chair. And beautiful ironstone platters.
My purchases included the bolts of lace and some worn French books stashed on these shelves.
This iron horse greeted us at Lucketts. Luckily, it didn't follow us home. I truly would have loved to lug this huge urn back to my garden, but gosh darn, it was already sold :).
After a few more stops, we happily headed home to relax on the back deck with wine and strawberries.